Gibbous ♋ Cancer
Moon phase on 20 October 2016 Thursday is Waning Gibbous, 19 days old Moon is in Gemini.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the Full Moon before 4 days on 16 October 2016 at 04:23.
Moon rises in the evening and sets in the morning. It is visible to the southwest and it is high in the sky after midnight.
Lunar disc appears visually 1.1% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1949" and ∠1928".
Next Full Moon is the Beaver Moon of November 2016 after 25 days on 14 November 2016 at 13:52.
There is low ocean tide on this date. Sun and Moon gravitational forces are not aligned, but meet at big angle, so their combined tidal force is weak.
The Moon is 19 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the middle to the last part of current synodic month. This is lunation 207 of Meeus index or 1160 from Brown series.
Length of current 207 lunation is 29 days, 17 hours and 27 minutes. It is 1 hour and 13 minutes shorter than next lunation 208 length.
Length of current synodic month is 4 hours and 43 minutes longer than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 2 hours and 20 minutes shorter, compared to 21st century longest.
This New Moon true anomaly is ∠144.6°. At beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠170.6°. The length of upcoming synodic months will keep increasing since the true anomaly gets closer to the value of New Moon at point of apogee (∠180°).
3 days after point of perigee on 16 October 2016 at 23:36 in ♈ Aries. The lunar orbit is getting wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 11 days, until it get to the point of next apogee on 31 October 2016 at 19:29 in ♏ Scorpio.
Moon is 367 846 km (228 569 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves farther next 11 days until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 406 660 km (252 687 mi).
7 days after its descending node on 13 October 2016 at 09:43 in ♓ Pisces, the Moon is following the southern part of its orbit for the next 5 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from South to North in ascending node on 26 October 2016 at 01:44 in ♍ Virgo.
21 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♍ Virgo, the Moon is moving from the second to the final part of it.
At 23:38 on this date the Moon is meeting its North standstill point, when it will reach northern declination of ∠18.619°. Next 15 days the lunar orbit will move in opposite southward direction to face South declination of ∠-18.737° in its southern standstill point on 4 November 2016 at 13:04 in ♐ Sagittarius.
After 10 days on 30 October 2016 at 17:38 in ♏ Scorpio, the Moon will be in New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy.